One an­swer to dis­con­tent

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

The facts sub­mit­ted by in­de­pen­dent in­fras­truc­ture con­sul­tant, Grant McLach­lan, were re­veal­ing and re­flected the con­cerns of North­ern Rod­ney ratepay­ers. How­ever, not men­tioned was that a se­lect com­mit­tee lis­tened to the sub­mis­sions of those af­fected on the north­ern bound­ary of Auck­land City. The rec­om­men­da­tion of this com­mit­tee, chaired and dom­i­nated by Gov­ern­ment mem­bers, was that the bound­ary should be at the Puhoi Tun­nel. In an al­most un­prece­dented move, John Key and his Gov­ern­ment re­jected this, and de­cided the city's bound­ary should in­clude the ru­ral ar­eas of North­ern Rod­ney. The se­lect com­mit­tee process proved a waste of every­one's time.

For seven years, much of our rates has been used for city projects, which will now in­clude a petrol tax. Mean­while, our roads have de­te­ri­o­rated to a point where a school bus op­er­a­tor has threat­ened to cur­tail ser­vices due to safety con­cerns.

This fes­ter­ing sore of dis­con­tent can only be re­solved by hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum which will be ac­cepted and re­solve this is­sue. Gor­don Levet, Wells­ford.

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